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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Dougherty District Attorney Greg Edwards hopes to get a new accountability court prosecutor the Governor hopes will save millions of dollars in prison costs around the state.

This week, Governor Nathan Deal announced he would assign 12 new prosecutors for drug and mental health special courts, often called 'accountability courts.'

The Governor recommended that veterans returning from war be seen more by these courts because of possible mental conditions.

Edwards hopes since the Marine Base is located here, his office has a good chance of landing one of the prosecutors.

"As veterans come back and they need jobs and they need other support. If they run afoul of the law, accountability courts may be a way to address their situations, which are unique," Edwards said.

The State Prosecuting Attorney Council will decide which offices get the prosecutors.

Dougherty County had the first drug and mental health court in the state.

 

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